Join Bridge Winners

Bridge Winners Profile for Mark Raphaelson

Mark Raphaelson
Mark Raphaelson
  • 4
  • 17
  • 93
  • 0

Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 3, 2010
Last Seen
5 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Orlando resident in the hospitality industry, fan of horse (harness) racing, playing volleyball, softball, basketball, and of course bridge.   Enjoy discussions about bridge rules and rulings.  And I'm a sarcastic pain in the ass.


United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Winning my wife's first gold points in an open event at her first regional. I had been teaching her and told her she couldn't play knockouts and that she had to "earn" her gold in open events. I also fondly remember playing with her when she became a life master.
Bridge Accomplishments
I haven't throttled any of my partners.
Regular Bridge Partners
Lance Marrou, Elliot Raphaelson, Paul Dennis, John Moschella, and Karen Raphaelson (when she was still able to play)
Member of Bridge Club(s)
I wouldn't want to be in any club that would have me as a member.
Favorite Tournaments
Orlando Regional, since that's about the only one I go to, and I like regionals better than nationals, as you get to play the top players more often.
Favorite Conventions
Game Forcing Stayman (transfer/schmansfer), splinters, penalty doubles of 1NT.
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Bronze Life Master
Mark and Tansu
2 over 1 with semi-forcing NT
Copy to my cards View/Print
Sub-standard American
Copy to my cards View/Print
Mark and Karen Raphaelson
Standard American
Copy to my cards View/Print
Two Out of Three Ain't Bad
We can talk all night, but that ain't getting us nowhere.
Ethics, gamesmanship and the law
I don't necessarily agree. In a KO, you are more likely trying to determine the state of the match for future decisions.
ACBL and psyching 1N. Again?
Sounds like it should have been called "illegal agreements" vs. "illegal bids" and there would be no confusion.
ACBL and psyching 1N. Again?
"It does seem that ACBL is trying to skip a step, and make it illegal before it's been “done enough”." Don't they have to, since any effort to track frequency is dismissed out of hand as a "witch hunt."
ACBL and psyching 1N. Again?
@Richard "You're the last person in the world that I think that should have access to this sort of information and I have no doubt what-so-ever that the end result would be witch hunt after witch hunt..." Well this is delusional. But if attributing fantastic attributes to me as ...
Is this "Reverse" Forcing?
I don't think "high" reverses meet your quoted definition. Isn't 1-2-3 a high reverse? The the simple preference here doesn't take it up a level.
Is this "Reverse" Forcing?
Yes, it's technically a reverse, since responder will have to go up a level to make simple preference, promising nothing. But it is not a reverse in the sense that "reverses are forcing one round". I'm not sure why people are comparing this to an auction where responder ...
ACBL and psyching 1N. Again?
"Are there any new Yiddish sayings? " I'm afraid new Yiddish sayings are like young bridge players.
Is this "Reverse" Forcing?
If 1 wasn't forcing, how can this be?
ACBL and psyching 1N. Again?
Does it happen by choice, or did a recorder or director insist on it? I don't doubt there are ethical partnerships out there. I just don't believe that anything is ever done or caught when they are not.

Bottom Home Top